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Ophelia, (detail), 1851-2, Oil on canvas by John Everett Millais (1829–1896), Photo credit: Tate


Lancelot Ribeiro, with His Favourite Painting 'The Warlord', photo credit: Marsha Ribeiro

Lancelot Ribeiro, with His Favourite Painting 'The Warlord'

Lancelot Ribeiro: the restless landscapist

Learn more about the legacy of an artist born in Mumbai in 1933 who settled in the UK aged 29, and is now being recognised by major UK public collections.


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Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, Yinka Shonibare (b.1962), © Quentin UK, photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle

Yinka Shonibare: poetic, political artist

Rovianne Matovu on how Shonibare powerfully tells the story of multiculturalism in the UK through his art.

Christ and Saint Mary Magdalen at the Tomb, 1638, oil on panel by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), photo credit: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016


Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness

For the first time in 30 years Norwich Castle is putting all 93 of its Rembrandt etchings on display.

Photo credit: University of Dundee Fine Art Collections

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Rhine Maiden Lamenting

Arthur Rackham's elegant book illustrations are at odds with his down-to-earth self portrait, titled 'A Transpontine Cockney', also on Art UK.

photo credit: Carmarthenshire County Museum


Carmarthenshire County Museum

The county museum building was the palace of the Bishops of St Davids, and where the New Testament was first translated into Welsh.

Self Portrait, 2000, oil on canvas by Barbara Walker (b.1964), © the artist, photo credit: The Collection: Art & Archaeology in Lincolnshire (Usher Gallery)

2000, oil on canvas by Barbara Walker (b.1964)

Celebrating black British artists in public collections

With a number of high-profile exhibitions dedicated to the work of black artists this year it is also important to look at the number of works by black artists in the permanent collections.

A Letter to Peter Reid, acrylic on canvas by Peter Reid, © the copyright holder, photo credit: Burton Art Gallery and Museum

acrylic on canvas by Peter Reid

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When the West with Evening Glows, 1901, oil on canvas by Joseph Farquharson (1846–1935), photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

1901, oil on canvas by Joseph Farquharson (1846–1935)

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With winter on its way why not embrace it and decorate your home with these carefully curated prints. Profits go to supporting the collections on Art UK.

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